Well, we got a very late start -- we had hoped to be out of the house by noon, and ended up not leaving until 3. Sigh. When you're moving away from home for five months, there's a lot of small stuff to take care of! And of course, that meant we hit rush hour traffic leaving Chicago, delaying us further.
But once we were out of the city, it all went pretty smoothly. Puppy and baby did a lot of napping in the car (which may not bode well for our sleep tonight), and we chugged along nicely with just a few stops. We had packed a bunch of snack food and cold cuts in the effort to not eat *too* unhealthily on the road, but I did end up having some fast food Chinese for dinner. The rice felt relatively healthy, anyway, and I don't think my chicken with green beans was too bad. :-) The orange chicken on the other hand, while tasty, is I think at least half sugar and fat.
I drove a few hours, but mostly it was Kevin at the wheel. We listened to music for a few hours, and then I napped while he listened to the first book of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. One thing we invested in for the trip is a nice car stereo (an Alpine) that has an excellent iPod interface. We have enough audiobooks for weeks of travelling. :-)
We finally stopped for the night around midnight in Avoca, at the Motel Capri, which allows dogs for an additional $6. The room is nice enough, though a fridge would be a welcome addition. I'm a bit buzzed at the moment, but I'm guessing I'll crash soon, which is good, since i'm supposed to take the morning driving shift. And...hmm....I think that's it for notes from the road. 427 miles down, 1728 miles to go...